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Bath Spa University was awarded the HR Excellence in Research award in January 2012, and has successfully retained this as a result of a successful 2 year evaluation process in 2014, and an external 4 year review in January 2016.

"A UK-wide process, incorporating both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission's "HR excellence in research" badge acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment."

This award reflects the University's current and on-going commitments to maintaining an active research portfolio. This commitment extends to concentrating on developing the research environment for our staff and students and building on our areas of strength while also fostering new research areas.

The University offers a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme for all staff and research students.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

In order to align ourselves with the European charter and code, the University has undertaken an audit of existing practice in relation to the support and career development of research staff across the University.  An Action Plan has been agreed on how we can align ourselves more closely with the principles of the Concordat, and this has been approved and acknowledged by the European Commission.

The Action Plan is a working document, and is updated regularly.  We undertake an annual self-assessment of our progress against the Action Plan - through the University Research, Knowledge Exchange and Consultancy Committee (RKECC) - and publish through these web pages, a revised version each academic year.

Historical document archive

Original Documents (submitted 2011):

2011/12 annual review:

2012/13 review:

2013/14 review:

2014/15 review:

In May 2015, RKECC set up a Working Group to do a comprehensive review of the Action Plan over summer 2015 for consideration  at the November RKECC 2015 meeting. 

4 year review of HR Excellence Award

RKECC undertakes an annual internal self-assessment of our progress in achieving the actions/outcomes set out in our action and implementation plan.  A successful two year evaluation of the Action Plan was undertaken in 2014, with progress subsequently monitored by RKECC against success measures.  A successful 4 year evaluation was undertaken in January 2016.

The current Action Plan for the Implementation of the 2008 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers was approved by RKECC in January 2016.

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